Pune: Father of National Defence Academy (NDA) cadet Alekh Jaiswal who allegedly committed suicide on Sunday, suspects foul play in the death of his son. Alekh was a fifth term cadet of NDA and was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his room in Hunter Squadron of the academy on Sunday evening.
His father Shivlal told Sakal Times, “My son has not committed suicide. He was killed and I suspect the role of someone inside the academy behind his death. He was a strong boy and it is impossible to believe that he ended his life by hanging himself.”
Jaiswal, who is a businessman and lives in Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh), said that a day before the death of his son, he spoke to him. He said, “He told me that he has brought stationery amounting to Rs 1,270 and on Sunday, he is going to purchase shoes. When I enquired about his well being he told me, “Ab to raja ho gayein hain, fifth term main aagaya koi dikkat nahi hai”. My son was in the academy volleyball team and was about to become an officer within one and half year. He was very happy and there was no chance that he would commit suicide.”
Jaiswal alleged that Alekh had also informed him about the harassment by his seniors some 20 days ago when they lost a volleyball match.
“Alekh informed his friends that on Sunday he was going to run for a 13 km cross country, after which, in the evening, he was going to play volleyball. When he had planned his whole day and was excited about it, then how is it possible that without any reason, he ended his life. Yes I do agree that he has made a mistake by keeping the cell phone with him,” added Jaiswal.
Shyamlal Jaiswal, Alekh’s uncle, said, “We don’t know whether our son has committed suicide or he has been killed. But yes, we definitely suspect a foul play in his death, as there was no reason for him to commit suicide.”
“Although, NDA has ordered a court of inquiry, we are going to write to the Ministry of Defence and PMO to conduct a fair enquiry. We are hopeful that the police conduct a fair investigation to find the truth because there are chances that NDA can hush up the matter if there is involvement of somebody from the academy,” added Shyamlal Jaiswal.
Kalyanrao Vidhate, Police Inspector, Uttam Nagar police station said,
“We are going to send the phone of deceased cadet to a forensic lab on Tuesday. It will at least take 15 days to get details of his phone records. NDA is separately conducting an inquiry on this issue. Soon, we will reach a conclusion.”